Thursday, 25 December 2014

Christmas Day: Giving= Receiving

Merry Christmas bloggers!

I hope you're all having a fine Christmas. I know I am! I got up at five thirty this morning to open presents and celebrate with my family. I've just finished breakfast and now I'm at my computer, typing away. I loved my presents this year! I got my globe and headphones, which I was extremely happy about. I also loved watching my parents and family open presents that I got for them, as much and maybe even more than I enjoyed getting presents myself.

Depending on how religiously you celebrate Christmas, how old you are sometimes, and how you view presents and giving back to people, everybody celebrates Christmas differently and views it to have a different meaning. But the meaning for me is not receiving, it's giving.

I know, everybody says that, and even I sometimes think that they're faking it to make themselves sound so selfless. To be honest, I like ripping open wrapped merchandise. Who doesn't? Receiving presents is fun.

But I like the anticipation of the give's reaction to the present you're giving them. I like going online to try to find the perfect present. I like keeping it a secret, and watching them rip it open and crack a genuine smile when they see what they got. I receive happiness when I give something, made from the heart or bought because I knew they'd love it.

It's not just giving merchandise, it's giving kindness and compassion and spreading your Christmas cheer. It's about paying it forward and making the guacamole at breakfast. It's about being thankful for what you do receive, and most of all, it's about giving and sharing your love with people you love, doing things you love.

And here's what I realised this year: Giving=receiving. But not in the way of receiving happiness. If everyone liked giving, then everyone would get to receive a little something too. But if everyone liked receiving, then no one would get anything because everyone would be waiting around to receive something.

I hope you have a merry Christmas my dear blogger friends! Now I'm off to spend time with family!


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Eve: Traditions, Wish Lists, What I'm Giving

Hey blogger friends! It's Christmas Eve already! I can't believe it! I'm so excited! No matter how old I get, I think I'll always be crazy excited the night before Christmas. Today I'm going to show you some of my traditions, this year's wish list, and what I think of the true meaning of Christmas.

Our Family's Slightly Wacky Traditions

Every family has their set of traditions, whether they are classic ones like putting Christmas cookies out for Santa Claus or they are much weirder like putting the mistletoe on a ceiling fan so it turns kissing into a sport. But my family has some slightly, um, wacky traditions to say the least. Some of them are normal, as you'll see while reading my list, but some of them will probably... surprise you.

1. Going to the cheese shop on the eve of Christmas Eve
This one's pretty normal. We always go to a special market place to get cheese while listening to carolers. This year we're going today because I had a cold yesterday.

2. Watching Christmas movies every day
We try to watch a Christmas movie every day. There are so many classic Christmas-yones to watch, plus we add new ones every year. Starting from around the twentieth, we just see how far we get.

3. Counting how many times Clark Griswold and the kids on the Polar Express should've died
For our family, it isn't Christmas unless we watch Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation. This is a new tradition we added this year. There are more than a few scenes in both The Polar Express kids and Clark Griswold should've died many times, so we started counting and made it up to 50 the last time we watched Christmas Vacation, at least forty of those time taken from the sledding scene.

4. There's either a flood or our pipes leak
We don't know why but for the last three years, every Christmas Eve, something goes wrong with our pipes or our water heater's not working or this year, we had a flood coming from the balcony at midnight. It's a strange tradition, really a pain, but I grow fond of it after a while.

5. We drive around to see the pretty Christmas lights one the houses
On Christmas Eve, to get us into that festive Christmas mood, we drive around in our car to see all the lovely lights on the houses.

6. We burst through wrapping paper on our bedroom walls
I'm an only child, but my parents and I tape wrapping paper to our bedroom doors so at the crack of dawn, we burst through the paper.

And that's it! Most of them are not that wacky actually, and without each of them, Christmas isn't quite the same.

My Wish List

What I often do for my wish list is I give my parents a couple suggestions, but the truth is, I trust my parents.

1. new headphones
Mine broke a million years ago, so that's an important part of my wish list this year.

2.a globe
I really want a beige or gold coloured globe to put on my desk. A fair-sized one. I don't exactly know why, but I've grown to really want it now so that's the only thing I REALLY want from my wish list this year. While I was describing it to my parents, my dad laughed at me (it's a strange request after all).

3. stationery with owls on it
I like stationery, and I like owls.

4. witty quotes on sweaters and stuff
No explanation required.

So that's my wish list for this year! My family knows what I like, so that's why I don't have a huge one.

What I'm Giving

For my mom, I'm giving a joke present something similar to this, and a coupon book with fun stuff like "girl's day out!". For my dad, he's getting a Sherlock Homes riddle book and a few father-daughter styled open when letters. I had my Doctor Who loving friend for Secret Santa, and I gave her a TARDIS ornament for her tree. I also am giving my aunt a bracelet, and presents from the whole family are going

Tomorrow's post will be about the true meaning of Christmas. I was going to add it here, but I decided to put it onto tomorrow's. Happy Christmas/  Hannukah/ Diwali/ Kwanzaah/ Festivus ;)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Lucky Stars: My Friends

Hi blogger friends! I think I'm going to start a little series! With all the holidays coming up and going on this time of year, I've been thinking a lot about being lucky and counting my blessings. So I'm thinking I'm going to start a new little blog post series called Lucky Stars, and every post is going to talk about something or someone I'm grateful for and lucky to have. The first one is going to be about the friends I love so much.

Friends are so important to me, not just because they offer a shoulder to cry on, someone who's got your back, someone who is always there for you whether from up close or far away, and someone who gets you- maybe a little bit more than you get yourself. Someone who shares an unbreakable bond with you, whether it took a while for you to understand and appreciate each other or it was kindred spirits at first sight. My friends and I have gone through a lot together, even while knowing each other for a very little amount of time. Every day, I feel a burst of love for my friends as we reach a new level of understanding.

It doesn't even matter if you're alike- a very good friend of mine and I are different in so many ways. She hates Harry Potter, and I adore it. We have different views on many things- but somehow we make it work. It makes it interesting when you're different. Not that being alike is bad! Another one of my amazing friends is almost a carbon copy of me. And then another is split down the middle- some ways she's exactly like me, others she's not. Whatever pieces make up your friendship jigsaw puzzle, they'll all fit together in the end.

Another way friendships are made are through experiences. Just this morning, a friend and I went through a rather humorous situation that made us bond closer. Everybody laughs, it's a fact of life,  and laughing is the simplest way to direct your message, calm and clear.

I'm so lucky to have my friends, my amazing wonderful friends. They support me and I support them, they love me and I love them, they get me and I try my best to get them. My friends have been spreading so far and wide recently, and I'm so blessed to have the friends I have.


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Doctor Who Companions Best and Worst- My Opinion

Hi guys! It's been an awfully long time since I posted! But I've got a fun post today- especially for whoever likes Doctor Who!

I'm going to list my favourite to least favourite Doctor Who companions from the new series up to season eight. I've included the following people who I consider companions:
Rose - Martha - Mickey - Rory - Amy - Donna - Captain Jack - Jenny - Strax - Mme. Vastra - River - Donna's Grandfather - Clara

Some of these people have only appeared in a few episodes, or just one in the Cyberman Head's case, but these are the ones that I consider companions. There was also another guy, that was here for one episode in the ninth doctor era- but I don't remember his name and he'd be at the bottom of the list anyway. So, let's start!

1. Donna's Grandfather*

I'm sorry if this has shocked all of you, but in my opinion, in the few episodes this man was in, he was outstanding. The actor, to begin with, is outstanding, and the character himself is marvelous. He's funny, he's kind, he's an old soul, and he's one of the most intelligent and unique characters Doctor Who has ever seen. He "gets" it, he gets the Doctor, and becomes one of the most trustworthy companions of the Doctor. Hmight be an old man, but I think he holds a place in the hearts of many Doctor Who fans out there.

2. Rose

Rose was my first companion, automatically ranking her high on my list. She was always kind and witty and amusing, and her chemistry with both Dctors she was with was amazing. Rose had character, and she had flaws, she definitely wasn't perfect. Her story arches were really well done in both seasons she contributed to, and Rose was interesting. She had a sense of humour.

3. Amy

Amy's story was a whirlwind. Her whole time with the Doctor was a blast, and every single one of the episodes with the Doctor was special and different. Her storyline was tragic, especially with her family and the ending, but it had it's fair share of fun bits and hilarious ones. Amy herself was hilarious, and had a real personality. Her love for Rory was adorable. And she was Scottish.

4. Donna

Donna made me laugh, and her friendship with the Doctor was refreshing and fun. Her loud voice, her imperfection, the fact that she was older than most companions in this Doctor Who era made her all the more likeable and relatable to many of D.W's older fans.

5. River

Her story arc was amazing, her character and wit outstanding. She was so funny and her love with eleven was quite something. I think we all hated her end (or should I say beginning?) but the story was told, in my opinion, with just the right amount of time and effort. River is awesome.

6. Rory

Rory's love for Amy, I think, really defined him as a character. He was the calm, sweet water to Amy's fire, and his acts of love make pretty much every other boyfriend in the universe since 102 AD look not so good His story is sweet and fun to watch, and his constant antics with Amy are hilarious.

7. Strax

Strax is possibly the most hilarious character ever written into Doctor Who. With his Sontaran (my favourite monster) habits, and accidental threats of killing and obliteration and boiling-of-head make me laugh so hard. I love his look and his personality, and especially his loyalty to Mme. Vastra, Jenny, and the Doctor.

8. Captain Jack

Jack is awesome. He brought a new, different, eccentric personality to the show, and who didn't like the times when it was him, Rose, and nine on the TARDIS together? They were immensely compatible. I don't remember ever quite seeing a character like this on Doctor Who.

9. Martha

I guess it was because she came after Rose, one of the most beloved companions of New Who, that she wasn't as loved, but Martha was awesome. She stood her ground and played a major part in some of the most important episodes of the third season. She walked the earth by herself, she helped defeat the Master, and she even held her ground for three months and saved the Doctor's life. Martha was actually a strong character, and once she got over her crush on the Doctor, she became much better.

10. Mickey

Mickey proved to an interesting companion, but a little flat. I did truly appreciate his love for Rose and the sacrifice he made while in the parallel universe. I especially loved his ending. But what I also liked was that he got things often before others did, which proved that he was in fact not a tin dog.

11. Jenny

We don't know much about Jenny, that's why she's low on my list, but she does sound like a very strong and fascinating character. She is definitely unique and original, and I loved her entrance into the underground lair of the clockwork dummies.

12. Mme.Vastra

Mme. Vastra, while being witty and fascinating and different than most companions, also was very self-important, arrogant, and a little mean in Deep Breath. She also treats Jenny like a servant a lot of time. That's why she's lower than Jenny and Strax.

13. Clara

Clara lovers, avert your eyes. Scroll down quickly to a rant-less blog post. X out the screen. Do something- now! A rant's coming on. If you don't mind what I have to  say or if you dislike her just as much as I do, please continue.

Not counting Umbridge, I have never despised a character on television or in a movie more than Clara Oswald. Maybe I have in books, but never have I ever had more hatred for a character.

Clara Oswald: Arrogant, narcissistic. She talks about how she looks all the time, and asks the Doctor about it too. You don't do that! When Matt Smith regenerated, of course she was going to be a little confused and curious and unsure, but she practically almost left the TARDIS because the Doctor got... older? WHY?!? When nine turned into ten, yes, Rose was unsure, but did she ever consider leaving him? No!

Clara overstayed her welcome. Always, a character goes through a story arc or even two if the character is really good, over a course of two seasons. Her beginning parts were interesting, yes, in Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen, but the actual Clara that the Doctor rescued from his timestream? She was flat and boring. Her story was done. She was split into a million lives, and then somehow, she survived. Now she's just drifting without a story that we know of so her, and her boyfriend is more interesting than her.

And, her life with the Doctor is perfect. He comes every day to take her on an adventure, and plunks her down every day right in time for supper. Happy music plays when she's on the screen. She brings random kids onto the TARDIS all the time. Somehow, she's a nanny, and then suddenly she's a school teacher. It doesn't make sense.

And she has no personality whatsoever.With each coming episode, it's turning more and more into a T. V. show about Clara.If she was an interesting character, then maybe it would be alright, but it isn't. Clara is turning Doctor Who into an unbearable show, and I am starting to miss the good old days with Smith and Gillan in the TARDIS, which is a shame, because Peter Capaldi is amazing.

No offense to the actress. Jenna Coleman is actually quite good.

Okay, rant over.

So those were some of my favourite to, ahem, least favourite companions of the show. Here, I included organic life forms. If I would include K9 and the cyberman head, they would be somewhere after Martha or Jenny.

I completely respect all opinions of the characters, and if you have a different opinion, please share. I'm curious to see different ways to look at the characters of my all-time favourite show.

Thanks for reading this incredibly long post!


*none of these photos are mine

Saturday, 13 December 2014

A Few Inspired Words

                                        I see the darkness... but I feel the light.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

I'm a Discovery Girl

Well, this is a milestone for me in the blogging world, my friends. I'm about to show you a little bit more of my identity.

Often, bloggers don't mind sharing pictures of themselves and a little bit of their identities, but from the start, I thought I'd keep mine completely private and not tell you guys about DG. But after a lot of discussion with my family and myself, I've finally decided: I'm going to share my DG experience with you.

Discovery Girls is a magazine for tween girls, dealing with issues about tough friendships, bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, and other important things that girls go through this day and age. They feature girls from all over North America, and this year, they're going worldwide. I had applied to be in DG because I fell in love with the magazine from the moment I read it. It's a truly wonderful thing, and to be a part of it was an amazing feeling. The friends I made there, including Jollygirl, were incredible and we still keep in touch. And we'll still stay in touch for the rest of our lives.

I am in this December/January issue of Discovery Girls, which can be found here. I'm the one with the brown hair, in the sparkly red hat. I had a blast at the summit, the most amazing time ever. I miss the girls there like family, and love them like sisters that you have never fought with.

This whole sentence is the link to a snippet of my profile (I'm the first one with the brown hair). I'll also get a web diary similar to this one, and I'll definitely share the link to that with you guys as well.

I decided to finally share these links with you because this is an amazing opportunity for you to find out more about the blogger behind the screen. I still don't think I'll post any pictures of myself, but that may change also one day. But for now, I'm happy remaining Oakstar, the girl you read on this blog, the one who gets excited about tagging her blog posts and posting about something fun.

Thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot to me!


Friday, 5 December 2014

December Relief and Loveliness

Hi guys!
Today I will be talking about the immense relief December has brought upon me.

The End of Nanowrimo
First off, it's the end of Nanowrimo. I was so happy to reach my target (which I changed to thirty-two thousand because the first one was not achievable) and immediately shove my keyboard aside for a really long time. I'm so done. Over the winter holidays, I'll probably start up again with my writing, but for now, I'm happy to let my characters freeze in a time-lock. I don't have to worry about numbers and word counts, every day now, which is a huge relief.

School is Slowing Down
Well, a little. I had two tests today alone, and the workload is overflowing as usual, but more talk of the break is starting and the teachers are starting to be a little nicer.

My Advent Calendar
The family advent calendar has started up again, which is really lovely. Every even-numbered morning, because my mother gets odd, I get to wake up and open a little something as a taster for the holidays. It's such a lovely tradition.

Christmas is Coming
I've started marking down the days till Christmas and the holidays! I'm immensely excited. This is my first break as a high school student.

Snow, Finally Snow
Snow had been taking it's sweet time to fall where I live, so it was extremely satisfying when I saw snow fall on the ground this week.

So those are just a few of the reasons why I love December! You also might've noticed that I've recently started tagging my posts, which is kind of cool! It's my first time doing that!


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Scotland, Home of Dreamers and Adventurers

Welcome to my first wanderlust post, and why not start where the other half of my origins belongs?

I am half Scottish, in case you didn't catch that.

Some Scottish Stuff

Fish and chips. Need I say more? Even the world's biggest fish hater can't say no to fish and chips. With malt vinegar. And salt. And lemon. I've never had pure Scottish or English fish and chips, so for now-don't laugh- my favourite spot to get fish and chips is in Epcot, Disney World. I LOVE FISH AND CHIPS!!

Doesn't this look like a fun instrument to play? I always wonder why doesn't every single bagpipe player get red in the face. But it makes truly lovely sounds that thump in my heart.

This is one of millions of pictures of the Scottish highlands that one day my family will climb together, after I graduate high school. They actually filmed the car scene in Harry Potter by one of these bridges. A lot of Harry Potter was filmed in Scotland.


This is the Scottish flag.

The Edinburgh Castle looks so mysterious. It was J.K. Rowling's inspiration for what Hogwarts resembled.

The original hoaxed picture of the Loch Ness Monster. Do you think it exists? I do!

Why do I want to visit Scotland, aside from the bagpipe players, the fish and chips, and the highlands? There's something about Scotland, its history maybe, its characters, the I-can't-stop-listening accent of its people. The toughness of it, the oldness. My Girl Guide leader also recently left on a trip for Scotland, so that's what got me thinking. Also, I just started watching Peter Capaldi. I love Scotland!


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Life in the Movies


Do you consider yourself "normal"? Is everything in your life just the way it's supposed to be?

You probably answered no to at least one of those two questions. You might look yourself in the mirror and think how you don't really fit in, or how you always miss the trends, or how on Christmas morning, it's not really magical like in the movies. Guess what?

You're not alone.

Life isn't the way it looks in the movies. In the movies, have you ever noticed how every plot point resembles something similar to another movie? That's because movies and books are not real life, and things like that rarely ever happen actually, if at all.

You're not alone.

No one's life is a movie, not even the cool kids, the popular ones. Everybody has their struggles, and when it comes down to it, most of the time, you'd rather have your own problems than other people's. Notice how in none of the books or movies, there's never a medium between good and bad? It's either everything's tough for this one character or she lives in a perfect dreamland besides the fact there's this one mean girl who goes around calling everyone unpopular and immature?

There never seems to be a character with such a diverse life. So that's what I want to tell you.

Honor your crazy, imperfect life and be grateful for it. No one in the movies have got it like you got it.

Life is short. Eat gummy bears.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Extending Date for Writing Contest + Two Awards + Wanderlust

Hi peeps! I haven't posted in more than a week so I'm going to make this post extra long and just for you.

First of all, I'm going to add another week to this contest so you can have enough time. I've gotten only Jollygirl's entry which is wonderful but I would love some more! So enter- please!

Also, I've recently received two awards, thank you to Noor and Kat!

One Lovely Blog

The first one is the One Lovely Blog Award given to me by Kat. Thanks so much!

Rules of the Award:
1.- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2.- List the rules and display the award.
3.- Add 7 facts about yourself.
4.- Nominate 15 other bloggers. 
5.- Follow on blogger the person who nominated you. 

My facts
  • I am currently awaiting something very important and it's driving me nuts- hint hint Jollygirl
  • I am watching one of the last Matt Smith episodes today- *breaks down into uncontrollable tears
  • I like clicky pens
  • My dad has wanted always to own a miniature Dalek
  • I am working on an HTML project for school
  • I still don't get how to apply my newfound skills to my blog
I love so many blogs out there that I can't choose, so if you want to do this award feel free.

I'm already following Kat's blog, so that's good!

Winter Tag

Second is what I recognize to be a never-before-seen (at least by me) tag called My Favorite Things About Winter.

Thanks Noor for tagging me on this one!

What a pretty tag!

The Rules:

1.Thank the person who tagged you. (Link to their blog!)
2. Tell your top 5 favorite things about winter.
3. Answer the person who tagged you's questions about winter.
4. Ask 5 questions about winter for the people you tagged to answer.
5. Tag 3 or more people!
My top five favorite things about winter:
  • Fireplaces
  • Seeing Christmas lights through the snow
  • Carols
  • Bells
  • Watching Christmas movies
The Questions:
1. Favorite winter drink?
Does Butterbeer count? If not, I would have to say peppermint tea. Sorry, I just don't like hot chocolate unless it's really really really chocolatey.
2. Best winter quote?
Ummmm... I'm not sure. I just found this one online:
There is really a je ne sais quoi about turkey cooking - the air of festivity, the family squabbles, the constant basting - that does not apply to the turkey breast, which is, really, a convenience of food... A turkey without seasonal angst is like a baseball game without a national anthem, a winter without snow, a birthday party without candles. -Laurie Colwin
3. Do you have snow where you live?
Plenty. Tons. A little too much.
4. Brief opinion on winter?
I love winter- the year wouldn't be right without it. I love the smell of snow, I love the winter holidays and missing school- I love the good feels of winter. I love the snow until early January. Then I'm ready to move on.
5. Favorite winter month?
The Peeps I Tag
My Questions:

  1. Favourite carol, for any holiday in this season?
  2. Favourite winter dish (ex. turkey or hot chocolate or candy cane)
  3. Favourite winter sport?
  4. How old were you when you built your first snowman? (if it's summer where you live, change this to sand castle)
  5. Favourite holiday movie?
If you don't have particularly cold winters where you live, just do your best. :)

My Amazing Case of Wanderlust

Some of you probably wonder why my blog is titled the way it is. It's not a travel blog, and none of my posts are related to wanderlust really, so you might be wondering why. Well, it lies in the reason I started blogging. To get out and see the world from a different angle, meet people and do things I wouldn't have thought to be, to experience life in a different way and find myself along the way. In my first post, I talked about how when I was little, I played games of pretend and through those games- I saw the world. I actually want to see it for real though- and one day, this blog will be a place for me to tell stories about the things I've done and the places I've been around the world. One day, it will have a page about my published works, and one day, I'll use it to go back and reminisce about the dreams I had such a long time ago.
I decided to do a few  more posts on my wanderlust, since it is in the name of my blog, and maybe you could see what I mean.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Photography contest!

Hi! I am very proud to announce my first contest.

The Contest
 All you have to is take one picture that best, not describes per say, but kind of matches the feels of this sentence:
Life's little perfections make it well worth living.
I will pick the picture that I think suits it best. There will be one winner unless I get more than three entries, in which case, I'll add a second place and so on.
The Rules
Make a blog post and post your picture there, and link to it in the comments. You can edit it by blurring the photo or other things of that nature, but you can't add anything like on pic monkey. It has to be yours! Also, in a few sentences, describe what you think that sentence means. You won't be judged on that but you have to do it to qualify.
The Deadline
I'm not very good with dates myself, but since it's only a picture and a few sentences, I'll give you until November 16th nine am eastern standard time to do this. The winner will be announced that day or the day after.
The Prize
The prize is either: Your button on my sidebar or an interview.
I would love for you to enter!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

How Ya'll doing with Nanowrimo?

Ahh, the challenge of Nanowrimo. It's my first year doing it and I seem to have it pretty well under control so far, and It's pretty exciting. I've figured out that if I write 3.33 percent of my goal each day, then I'll be right on target. I have to write more on weekends though, because of my heavy school load.

Sure, it's a challenge, but that's the beauty of it.

My target is 39, 600 words according to the word count goal calculator. I wanted to write more than the minimum but I still need to sleep.

So, are you doing Nanowrimo? How is it going?

My posts might be shorter right now until all this madness goes away, so alas, happy writing!


Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween...!!

Eerie noises. Pumpkin guts. Spooky skeletons. I luuuurv Halloween!

Do you celebrate Halloween? What's your costume this year? I'm going as the eleventh doctor and Amy Pond combined. I'm wearing leggings, jean shorts, a plaid long sleeve, a jean jacket, knock-off converse, and a fez. Fezzes look good on anyone, by the way, and my tutorial is coming up next.

I'm going trick or treating around my neighbourhood with some old friends... which is really nice considering I haven't seen some of my elementary school bffs because of high school.

 Can you believe Nanowrimo starts tomorrow? I'm so unprepared.

Halloween Favourites
Candy: Coffee Crisp
Spooky creature: Witches
Decoration: The classic pumpkin, and my plastic severed limbs

I just love fake severed limbs!

 Have fun tonight! Stay safe and don't eat too much.............broccoli! (Did I surprise you there?)

Friday, 24 October 2014

Website Review

In my ed tech class, we have started to learn html and code, both really cool things. We use a website called Code Academy  and it teaches us, step by step, how to use html and code. If you don't understand html or get it and want to learn how to use it, it's a great place to start. It's really interesting to learn, and the website goes over things slowly at just the right pace, repeating things over and over again so you start to memorise the steps without really knowing it. It's also perfect for all ages and shows you an example of how your webpage would look. I know most of you probably know html, but for those of you wanting to expand your knowledge, I highly recommend this website. It's free, and even if it did cost money, it would manage to pay for itself in the end because nowadays for a lot of jobs you need computer skills such as basic html.


Just because.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Like the TARDIS (small blogs with awesome stuff)

Hello! Today I'm going to do a post on small blogs with under thirty followers that I really enjoy.

1. Reflections of a Jollygirl
Either most or all my followers also follow her website, but if you're reading this and haven't taken a look, go right ahead! She is an amazing writer that I know personally, and her posts are all varied. Go check it out!

2. The Unicorn Who Started a Blog
Okay, let's start with the awesome title. Like, seriously. So awesome. I also know this writer personally and she is just starting out, but she is a really good blogger who figured out how to post a video in her first go. Also, if you check out her blog, try to enter her writing contest!

3. T&A Harry Potter Crafters
If you like crafts or Harry Potter, this blog is for you! Their blog is dedicated to crafts related to Harry Potter, and they will definitely get your creative side sparking! They offer unique craft ideas that I've never seen before. I also know one of the writers personally.

4. A Curious Pisces
This blog is a really sweet blog that has a variety of different types of posts. The writer posts pretty often and all the posts are unique and different. And this is kind of random, but I love her page titles! Yeah. I'm weird. I know.

5. My Amazing Life Being 10
This blog is written by a fresh writer I recently discovered! She is a very frequent poster that will not let you down, and is a friend to all Whovians, Potterheads, Tributes... take your pick. Plus, the first thing I noticed about her blog is the way it's designed. I just like it.


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Autumn Smells

Sure, autumn is not my favourite time of year. Summer has ended, school is starting, lots of work...

But I love the smells. Think about it. When it comes down to smells, autumn is the best time of year. Sure winter has some nice scents like girngerbread and peppermint and Christmas logs. Spring has the sweet smell of rain and fresh smell of blooming tulips. Summer, well, everything kinda ends up smelling like sunscreen. And campfires.

But autumn, oh it's magical. It begins with the smell of new school books and freshly sharpened pencils and new clothes. The leaves start falling, and the crisp autumn air's cold scent deliver a nice cold smell to our noses. Not to mention how many apples I'm sure get consumed under the forms of pie, cake, cider, alcoholic beverages, and just by themselves. Right now in fact, my dad and I are baking apple pie. Yum. Cinnamon is also a big part of autumn and also, pumpkin. Nothing better than pumpkin cupcakes sprinkled with cinnamon.

Need I mention Thanksgiving? The delicious turkey, the gravy, the golden mashed potatoes? Am I making you hungry?

And Halloween! The candy corn, the candy in general. I LOVE AUTUMN SMELLS!!

Needless to say, I am a firm believer that although autumn can be kind of a drag, being stuck in the sad middle between summer and Christmas, and school starting and all of that, autumn is not simply the wait for winter. It is a time to be cherished, to be loved. To be smelled.

What does autumn smell like to you? Tell me in the comments, or do a blog post on the smells of the season you're in right now!


Friday, 10 October 2014

Award #1: 50 facts

I've been tagged a lot recently, but I haven't gotten around to doing them. I will start by doing this award, tagged by the amazing Jollygirl. This is so cool, my first link! Yay! Anyway, here it goes, but I won't be tagging anybody except if you want to do this. I appreciate the love, but I think I speak on behalf of a lot of bloggers that the extremely non-rare tags like the Liebster come around a little too often. Tags that don't come around often and do not require a lot of nominating are fine, but I personally think that a lot better way to spread the love is by leaving a thoughtful comment on someone else's blog. Anyway, on with it! Here are my facts!!
  1. I don't like peanut butter.
  2. It took me a while to write that.
  3. I type while looking, and it works just fine for me.
  4. I just love the spelling of the word popcorn.
  5. My English teacher doesn't like us using red pens. Apparently, it lowers our self esteem.
  6. Go self esteem!
  7. My cats don't hiss. Like, ever.
  8. Up-talk makes me laugh.
  9. I am currently reading My Sister's Keeper.
  10. SAD MONKEY!!
  11. I'm not sad. I'm actually quite perky right now.
  12. Long weekend! Full steam ahead!
  13. I love mashed potatoes.
  14. I am one of those rare people that neither hates nor loves 1D.
  15. This is really fun!
  16. My dad has my ringtone set as the intro to Doctor Who. How awesome is my dad?
  17. So awesome!
  18. I got an Iphone 4S for my birthday! It is so cool!
  19. I just updated this.
  20. What's up?
  21. I don't understand HTML.
  22. I don't like the Macs I have to use at my school. I'd much prefer a PC and  the computer that my dad and I share.
  23. I'm not even halfway through?!?!
  24. I'm still debating whether or not I shall tell you what issue of Discovery Girls I am in.
  25. Pie is good.
  26. Now I'm hungry.
  27. Come on, Thanksgiving! hURRY UP!
  28. We've now started the rush toward Christmas.
  29. Autumn is the best time of the year when it comes down to smells.
  30. I  am currently wearing my Gryffindor tee.
  31. Oh my gosh my computer autocorrected Gryffindor! IT KNOWS!!
  32. We are all growing our fingernails as we read this.
  33. I highly recommend My Sister's Keeper.
  34. I ride a minibus to school.
  35. I want a taco.
  36. I wonder what we are having for dinner.
  37. This is a cool number.
  38. Twelve. More. Facts.
  39. When you hit shift enough times, the buzzer that pops up always makes me jump.
  40. I am a rather jumpy person.
  41. The first time my high school bell went off, I thought it was a fire alarm and jumped out of my seat.
  42. Lol.
  43. I feel that lol used to be something funny but now it's overused and it looks weird now.
  44. The word nerd makes me feel like it curls into itself.
  45. Pizza...
  46. I need to know what happens next in Doctor Who. I. Need.
  47. Three. More. Facts.
  48. I always save the best for last.
  49. The Maxipoche Larousse is really thick.
  50. I want to make a GIF. How do I make a GIF?
Well, that was fun. And tiring. Excuse me, my thumbs need a rest.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Uber Quick Update

Next two posts are coming really soon! Sorry guys that my deadlines keep on slipping! I have so much to do now that high school has started, and I really need to give some TLC to my blog! Okay, gotta go!


PS: I felt like writing a PS.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Scary School Trip, dun, dun, dunh

Okay, some of the people who awarded me with four different awards and are waiting for them to come up on my blog: Next post will be all about them. Sorry for the wait guys!

Also I'd like to say thanks to all my amazing followers! When I first discovered the blogging world and posted comments on Morning's blog in particular, I was always amazed when they responded and said thank you. But now I realize how exciting it is to get a new comment, and even more exciting when you get a new follower! So thank you so much! It means a lot that you enjoy my simple, unglamorous blog by a girl who doesn't understand HTML.

You're probably wondering about my title. Every year, the grade sevens in my high school take a two- night trip to Quebec City and around to get to know each other. We went to a camp up north that specialises in things like Arbre en Arbre (ziplining and other activities similar to that), things like kayaking, forest survival, GPS orientation, and playing Old Quebec village. I had a very unique experience at this camp.

The first day was spent getting there and watching Divergent on the way, and then doing GPS orientation and kayaking. For GPS orientation, we had to find signs in the forest using a GPS. They called it geocaching, but that wasn't really what it was. Our group of four went off trail and climbed what felt like a mountain to get to two specific signs that no other groups could find. We found pink mushrooms on the way. Come to think about it, there were a lot of mushrooms on my trip. Curious? Just keep reading. We needed a break, so when we hear voices from another group of students kayaking across the lake, we chatted to them for a while and one of us found a beer bottle and tried to send it to them across the lake. I don't know how people do it in the movie, it only went for about two feet.

After GPS orientation, we were scheduled to go kayaking. I had never been kayaking before so I didn't know what to expect except being cold and wet. We changed in our cabins and then came back. I was wearing my bathing suit, my wind breaker, and short shorts. I felt that I should wear as little as possible if I was going to get soaking wet anyway.

They really didn't explain  it to us at all. They just really handed us life jackets and let us have pretty much a-free-for-all, not explaining what would happen if we tipped or how to paddle or anything. The girl I was paired up with was really adventurous, while I was more on the secure side, but we ended up going really far out through the two hours of scheduled kayaking we had in 55 degree weather. Um, burrrrr. I got splashed A TON  but thank the lord we didn't end up tipping. When we got out, I nearly was hypothermic and my feet were numb like almost everybody else and I could barely walk. The teachers kept telling us to hang up our life jackets, but that was not my main concern so I ended up dumping it on a bench and then running back to my cabin to get changed. I was freezing.

After that, everything was much better. We had dinner and I devoured the soup in less than a minute to warm me up. After we had an activity until nine o'clock. This activity involved making a different version of Little Red Riding Hood and acting it out in front of all the other groups doing the same thing. It got kind of really boring after a while, and my group didn't 't get to go. You know, typical school trip experience.

Curfew was at eleven, but I was exhausted and ended up going to bed ten minutes before with my friend Malina, only to be rudely woken up by the teacher asking us to go to bed. Okay, then.... But she was already a little grumpy because of someone blow drying a key in our cabin and causing the smell of burnt metal for the rest of the night.

The next day was Old Quebec Village, Forest Survival, and the part we've all been waiting for, Arbre en Arbre.

We had to lift very heavy mushrooms for Old Quebec Village. Enough said there.

I tuned out for Forest Survival. I was hungry and I listen to the exact same speech every time I go Girl Guide Camping.

Finally! After a delicious Lasagna lunch, it was Arbre en Arbre! I was so excited! I had only done a really baby ziplining crash course at summer camp, when I was, like, five, so I was looking forward to it.

Next update: Before the weekend it  will be posted. Sorry for the wait guys! I have so much homework now and I decided to post before you start thinking I am dead.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Writing Tips

Here are some writing tips I thought of just spur of the moment! I thought I would share them with you guys.

1. It's a great idea to work on stories and novels, but that takes a while. If you're looking for something quick and good that will get your creative juices flowing, try a poem, a limerick, or a quick paragraph that you can store as a novel idea. Or go Ernest Hemmingway style and try to write a story under ten words.

2. If you're writing about weather, try to write about it when the same weather is happening right outside your door. If you can, write outside, or step outside for a few minutes to take notes on the weather, the sounds, the smells, and how it makes you feel. (Note: Not recommended for extreme weather conditions.)

3. Feeling stuck? Ignore your electronic writing devices for three days. Then, on the fourth day, grab a pencil, a marker, a crayon, or a lump of charcoal. Even better, your keyboard. Write as much as you can in an hour.

4. The internet has some amazing story ideas it does not mind you using. It also has a variety of interesting pictures that can pique your creativity.

5. People watch. The girl behind the counter handing your take out order without a smile, what's her story? The old man with the old timey clothes walking down your street?

6. Change up the tense of your story, What works best for you? First person present tense? Third person past tense? Heck, try second. Anything to improve your story is worth a shot.

7. Don't write until you get that tug that a new idea gives you.

8. Get creative. Ask your friend a wacky question, smile at your enemy to see how he/she responds, anything that piques your inner writing superstar.

9. Try to write fanfiction. It's really fun!

10. Unless you like to, don't be too open about your ideas. Sometimes it's nice to keep them as secrets. I've noticed that after I've told someone about my new idea and they question it, it rubs the shine off. Like using a shiny penny.

Anyway, what did you think? Also, if you have any other tips, I'd love to hear about them! Tell me what in the comments!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

We Comment

I know, I've already created a tag, but this is an award I've created. It's called We Comment and it's all about commenting on other people's blogs and spreading the love, one blog at a time.
Here's the lowdown:

What do I do when I get this award?
Congratulations! Create a post about the award! Tell your readers about how to get this award and what to do when they get it! You can write anything about the award, and make sure to encourage your readers to comment on other people's blogs! Then choose a reader who really cares, who makes your day, who really appreciates what you write. Let them know and be sure to comment on their post about the award. You can put the picture on your sidebar too!

I created this award to inspire all bloggers including myself to show others that they care about and appreciate their blogs. Since you only pick one reader, this award should be difficult to receive countless times.
I give this award to Jollygirl, because she is a truly amazing blogger and friend. She always comments on every post on each and every blog she follows. Jollygirl, you really deserve this award!


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Back to school!

 A lot of us by now have gone "back to school". For me, high school has just started, and I'm a teeny little shrimp amongst the grade elevens.

A Poem (sort of) called The School.

The class.
The bell.
The hustle.
The bustle.
The friends.
The homework.
The repeat.

I love my school! I get to wear a uniform, which is super awesome, and I love the huge rush while I try to get to class, and I love that I have all different classes. It's all awesome! I find it really special that I got chosen to go to this school! I love it!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Cheer all Year Tag!

Today I've created the Cheer all Year tag!

This was my first time creating a picture for a tag. It's a little messy, but maybe I'll get better as I experiment more. This design for the tag is taggable until 2015, meaning you can use it as a tag until that point, but after that an updated version will come out and the design will get better and better every year. After 2015, this version does not count. Why am I doing this? I want to watch my tag grow and evolve, and in a few years when I've hit a large amount of followers I'll have a collection of older versions that I can peruse. It will also help my tag become more successful if I'm able to see what aspects of it are the better ones. Anyway, here's the tag.

Cheer all Year!!!
The Rules:
1. Answer all the questions with detailed, thoughtful answers
2. Take your time. It's a long tag, so don't feel pressured to finish it right a way.
3. Always put three exclamation marks after Cheer all Year
4. No tag-backs
5. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
6. Nominate two other bloggers, let them know, and read and comment on their post
7. HAVE FUN!!!
Part one: Cheering you up!!!
1. What makes you cheery when you feel down?
2. What do others do to cheer you up?
3. Who cheers you up the most?
4. What colours make you feel cheery?
5. What activities do you do to cheer up?

Part two: Cheering others up!!!
1. What do you do to cheer others up?
2. What do people like about you that makes them feel cheery?
3. Do you enjoy cheering up others? What do you feel after cheering them up?
4. What is the best way to spread Christmas cheer in your opinion?

Part three: Cheery stuff!!!
Create your own verse of My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music. It does not have to rhyme, but if you want, go for it.
Name the top ten things that make YOU feel cheery.

Nominate two people: Kat and Lizzie


Note: To answer, I suggest copy pasting each part and answering one at a time, then copying the whole thing and pasting it so the nominees can answer it easily.

My Answers!
Here are my answers. I did not answer above because the nominees will be able copy and paste it easily without my answers getting in the way.

Part one: Cheering you up!!!
1. What makes you cheery when you feel down?
2. What do others do to cheer you up?
They will often engage me in conversations I find interesting.
3. Who cheers you up the most?
My friends and family.
4. What colours make you feel cheery?
Vibrant, happy colours like pink, yellow, and lilac.
5. What activities do you do to cheer up?
I do things that will take my mind off of whatever is pulling me down, like reading, writing, blogging, or even sleeping. It really works!

Part two: Cheering others up!!!
1. What do you do to cheer others up?
It depends on the person. Sometimes, Ill talk to them about things that they really enjoy, or I will do other things so they can take their mind off whatever is bothering them.
2. What do people like about you that makes them feel cheery?
I think it is my sense of humour. I always manage to find humour in situations that would otherwise be really disheartening. This does not mean I laugh at my friend's dog's grave, but I always try to find a silver lining amongst the grey skies.
3. Do you enjoy cheering up others? What do you feel after cheering them up?
I like cheering others up because it makes me feel like I have done something good. In fact, it cheers ME up!
4. What is the best way to spread Christmas cheer in your opinion?
I think it is warmth. Warmth as in a smiling at a lonely girl across the street, or as in hugging a friend in need, or as in brewing a cup of hot chocolate after sledding for hours and hours.

Part three: Cheery stuff!!!
Create your own verse of My Favourite Things from The Sound of Music. It does not have to rhyme, but if you want, go for it.

Crisp paper parchment and fresh sharpened pencils
Old smelling novels and butterfly stencils
Clouds below rainbows and bright birds that sing
These are a few of my favourite things

Name the top ten things that make YOU feel cheery.
1. Clouds
2. Books
3. Loved ones
4. Butterflies
5. Cute animals
6. Rainbows
7. Writing
8. Stars
9. Trinkets.
10. When the elevator door opens the second you push the button

I nominate Kat and Lizzie!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hi again!

So I was offline for a good week and a half, as some of you probably noticed. But I'm back now as an even better person, arriving from the Discovery Girls summit in California. I will do an update on California as soon as I manage to get the pictures from my iPod onto my computer (if I ever figure out how). I will probably tell you what issue I'm in when it comes out. It really affects my anonymity so I'm still deciding. But if you read the magazine, it won't be hard to tell!

 Today I'm going to post something ripped from my notebook. It's a segment of a short story I've written and entered to a competition that I made until the finalists. Here it is, it's got a bit of violence in it, but it's not graphic or anything. It's just not for three year olds. I'm sorry if this scares you, but if it does, I'm surprised, because I wrote it when I was ten.

The Kingdom of Koll
A battle was raging.
Spasms stretched up his back as his knights fell around him. He would soon be left alone, fighting an army of hundreds. But no. His love, his true love, the beauty as hard as stone, would stand by his side. He turned, searching for her laughing curls, her focused eyes, Distracted, he was charged by an enemy. Spear, then nothing.
"Koll!" The sense of undying love filled the chamber, sending the pure hatred of battle away. He heard his Shava, and felt his love, his heart and soul, leaning over him, her tears mixing with the blood on his chest. And death.
"Evil!" Shava, weakness grabbing her, shook with terror. "Evil has killed my love! No battle shall rage on while my love is dead! Koll shall live on through love, only terror must end! Recede, evil, and we shall live on!

But the battle ended not, and Shava, the beauty, fell with him, her soul never to leave the place where her love once was.
There's a whole other story to that, and I might post it one day, but for now I'm keeping it a secret.
Have a blogurous day!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Maple Syrup and Beavers

This post is all  about my home, Canada! In case some of you didn't know I'm a Canadian, and I love it!

The truth about "eh!"...
Some Canadian stereotypes revealed

1. We all play hockey.
Not all of us. Hockey is Canada's sport, but we don't all play hockey. A lot of us do, but not as many as you think.

2. We all speak French.
This is not true.Only in Quebec do most people speak French. At least I think so. Please  correct me if I'm wrong.

3. We say "aboot".
WHAT?!?! We do not say "aboot".

4. We say "eh" a lot.
I do, but not the whole of Canada.

5. We live off maple syrup and in igloos.
People don't read enough. I do love maple syrup on my pancakes, but that's about it. And I've never even SEEN an igloo.

Some beautiful things about Canada...

1. Niagara Falls
One of the biggest waterfalls in the world! An extraordinary sight.
2. The Anne of Green Gables House
This is the house inspired by Anne of Green Gables. Located in Prince Edward Island, it is a beautiful place to visit.
3. The Rockies
An extraordinary place to live.
4. Aurora Borealis

If there's one thing you have to see in your life, it's the Northern Lights. Otherwise known as The Dance of the Dead Men or The Aurora Borealis, this supernatural phenomenon is incredible. Be awed next time you head to northern Canada and watch the mesmerising colours haunt your soul.

5. The Plains of Abraham

One of my favourite places on this Earth, this legendary battle field is a beautiful plain of rolling green grass hills and extraordinary sites.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about Canada!


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Beautiful Blog Award!

I've been nominated by Emily Sage for the Beautiful Blog Award! Thank you Emily Sage!

+ Answer the questions written by the person who nominated you.
+ Write your own questions for your nominees.
+ Nominate bloggers to answer them (don't forget to let them know they've been nominated!).
+ Have fun!

The Unanswered Questions:

1. What is your dream occupation? (Think about it. Dream. Occupation.)
That would be an author. But I also like the idea of becoming a family therapist.

2. Favorite type of shoe? (I just have to put mine out there - the knee high riding boot.)
I'm not a fashion person at all, but I guess I would pick sneakers or sandals.

3. Guilty pleasures?
I'm a little confused... I think not. :)

4. Describe your style in one word.

5. What makes you smile?
Anything: clouds, sunsets, the word cheese...

6. What makes you keep pushing forward when you're tempted to quit?
My loved ones.

7. Do you have a favorite quote?
Uh-oh, you'll be reading this forever. YES!! On my shared computer with my dad, I even have an entire folder of my favourite quotes. I'll put a few up here:

8.  What is your middle name?Do you  mind if I not say? My middle name, actually is one off my best friends' first name.

9. If you could change your hair color permanently, what would it be?

10. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and what would you use it for?
Time and Relative Dimensions in Space.

11. Favorite coffee drink?
I don't like coffee.

The Nominees:

The Questions:
1. Prim and trim or scabby knees and climbing trees?
2. Do you like eggs?
3. What colour describes your personality?
4. Ending of a book you want to change?
5. Stars or clouds?
6. Do you think Gandalf promotes smoking amongst teens?
7. Pick a colour and a tool: What pops into your head? Is it a red hammer?
8. Have you ever used a spork?
9. Name nine fictional characters you wish would exist.
10.  What was your favourite obsession as a young child?


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Fictional Role Models

Internet peeps, I now have seven followers! Yay! I'm aiming for ten this summer, so keep 'em coming! Thanks!

Today I'm going to talk about fictional role models (all girls of course) and the impact they make on us!

1. Hermione Granger

Hermione, aside from being the brightest witch of her age, is one of the strongest female role models of all literature. She has backbone, she's clever, she's warm, and she does not let anyone push her around. Even after Ron leaves her, she continues fighting Voldemort and the may Horcruxes. She lets all young girls know that books can really save your life, and  to never give up for what you believe in. Plus, she totally punched Malfoy.

2. Ginny Weasley

Ginny's tough. She won't be messed with. Harry broke up with her for her own safety, and she remade the D.A, tried to steal the sword of Gryffindor, and continued to stir trouble with the Death Eaters. She's not defined as crazy or especially smart or pretty, she's an every girl, but special all the same.

3. Luna Lovegood

Luna taught us that it's okay to be different.

4. Rory Gilmore
Rory was bookish and brilliant. Many of you may not know her, but she's dear to my heart. She was always sweet to those around her, did not let anyone come between her and her friend, and she modelled an excellent mother- daughter relationship with Lorelai. She taught the world that nerds can have boyfriends.

5. Jane Eyre

Jane wasn't particularly special or pretty, she was just (pun fully intended) a plain Jane. But she had immense backbone, was strong as rock, and stayed true to herself. Even as a child she wasn't afraid to be herself in front of those who treated her cruelly.

6. Lucy Pevensie

Lucy was pure. She was as sweet as sugar and kind to all. Lucy the Valiant was innocent and wise and brave. She was very relatable for young girls,  always comparing herself to her sister and not realising how important she was. Her relationship with Aslan was so strong and she was purely adorable in the first movie. What eight year old can wield a dagger like her?

7. Merida
Merida is so awesome. She is brave and strong and so many other amazing things. She does not wait around for boys, she just wants to be herself and does exactly that. She is so spunky and for once, the princess focuses on a different relationship than with a prince, she focuses on her relationship with her mother.
8. Mina
Mina (from Skellig and more specifically My Name is Mina) is easily relatable. She doesn't want to grow up, she's different and proud of it, and she's got a load of spunk. She likes climbing trees and she has fire in her eyes. She wonders. But she's always brilliant and always Mina, teaching girls like me that they are not alone in their actions.

9. Rose Tyler

Rose was nothing special until the Doctor came along and took her to far distant planets and universes, where her true personality was revealed as sweet and kind and forgiving.She, like many others on this list, was strong. She often was afraid but kept her head held high even on the darkest of hours, and always seemed to find a way to save herself or see the Doctor. She was compassionate, the first person in Doctor Who history to sympathise with a Dalek.
10. Katniss Everdeen
Katniss is able to fend for herself. She nearly never breaks down and she has her faults, making her a very real character to us all. She loves her little sister more than anything, is tough and loyal, and even after being tortured countless times and losing all she loves, she continues to be herself and fight for what is important. She, unlike other main characters in dystopian novels, sees the repercussions of her killing and tries not to when she can, making her even more humane. Lastly, you can really tell that she's sixteen, and there's not too much "inappropriate" romance.

The writers and producers of these characters not only know how to inspire young girls, but they make their characters extremely real. I hope you enjoyed reading this list and feel free to add a few characters you think would make great role models.

See ya!